Monday, February 07, 2011
by Jan Abrams
You will be pleased to hear that Ruth O’Donnell and I interviewed for the vacancies of Midday supervisor and have recruited (subject to safeguarding checks) Mrs Carolyn Pepper for every day and Mrs Liz Smith for Mondays and Fridays. We were very pleased with the candidates and are sure they will become valued members of our team. Both ladies will start in post after half term.
PROFILE MEETINGS | FOUNDATION STAGE ONLY
We would like to invite you to a Foundation Stage Profile meeting to share your child’s Profile with you. These meetings will be during school time and will last approximately 20 minutes. It will be an opportunity to hear from staff about the progress your child is making through the Foundation Stage Curriculum but also to share how you feel they are getting on at school.
If the time stated below is not suitable please contact your class teacher to see if it can be rearranged.
Wednesday 2nd March 9.00am
In the light of budget restraints across the County, and at individual school level, the governors have recently completed a staff review and consultation on redundancy amongst support staff.
It is with some sadness that I am informing you that Jackie Coupland has agreed to accept voluntary redundancy and will be leaving school on Friday 18th February.
We are very grateful to Jackie for making this decision and also for the commitment and enthusiasm she has shown to the children and the school during the time she has worked at Brington.
We will be saying our formal goodbyes on the 18th and if you would like to contribute ‘secret money’ to her leaving gift could you please send it into the office by Wednesday 16th.
Mr James will be giving a free Drama taster session to the children on Tuesday and is planning to start a Drama Club (joint with Harlestone) at School on Mondays starting at 3.30pm. Please see flyer for details. The club will be for children in years 2 to 6.
We are all looking forward to Class 3’s assembly on Friday. The children and Mr Marriot have been working very hard and from the sneaky previews I have had we are in for a treat. Please note that the assembly is at 9.00am as the children will be swimming in the afternoon.
Don’t forget to invite friends and neighbours to our Community event on the 17th February where the children will be making and serving tea and cakes to the older members of the village.
WORLD BOOK DAY
We will be celebrating World Book Day on Friday 4th March and are inviting the children to come to school dressed as a book character. It would be fantastic if the children could also bring a copy of the book with them too. This will be ‘just for fun’ and we won’t be judging the costumes!
PANCAKE DAY 8th MARCH
We are really excited about our plans for Shrove Tuesday! The children from Harlestone will be visiting us for the afternoon for races on the field and pancake tasting back in school. We would also like to involve members of the communities in this event and are inviting teams of 6 to enter the relay. I am sure we can get a team of parents from each school but it would be fabulous to have representatives from the villages to join us WI, gardening Clubs, Mums and Tots??? If you know members of any group or club that may be interested please let them know and give them the school’s phone number. There will be a special race for pre-school children so please again let any pre-school children know.
Races will begin at approximately 1.30pm.
The event will only run smoothly if we have the right equipment so we would ask that the children come to school on the 8th March with a named frying pan complete with pancake! We will also need a couple of volunteers to hold the ‘flip here’ signs and hold the winning tape!
As you know Brington offers a Breakfast Club for children before school. This is a provision that not many small village schools offer and we are extremely fortunate to have one. Several children attend the club but at present not enough to make it self sufficient. We had a start up grant from the Campion Cluster but are reaching the end of that money. We all see the club as a valuable part of our school and for many parents who use it, it is invaluable. We would therefore encourage more people to utilise it. You do not need to commit to every day or even a certain day every week. The children who attend certainly enjoy it.
We are holding an e-safety awareness meeting for parents of both schools in the hall at Brington on Wednesday 6th April. I strongly urge all parents to attend this meeting especially those with children in year 3 and up. This is a matter that concerns us all and staff who have attending training on the subject have all been shocked and saddened to learn about things our children and young people can face when they use the internet
Profile Meeting Letters (Foundation Stage only)
Dates for the Diary
Friday 11th February Class 3 Assembly